Prep Roundup: Haven polo finishes 3-1 at East Kentwood Invite

Tribune Staff • Sep 19, 2016 at 12:10 AM

The Grand Haven boys water polo team finished 3-1 at the East Kentwood Invitational on Saturday. The Buccaneers defeated Portage (19-2), East Grand Rapids (13-5) and Grandville (17-6), but lost a close match to Hudsonville (8-5).

Grand Haven 19, Portage 2

Junior Jon Hoffman led the Bucs offense with five goals. The offense fired on all pistons, with all but one player notching at least one goal, and all but two players providing an assist. Junior Matt Beals anchored the defensive effort with eight saves, allowing only two goals, and making three steals. Junior Mason Fritz also added six steals.

Grand Haven 13, East Grand Rapids 5

Junior Mason Fritz was dominant on both ends of the pool, leading the offense with five goals and the defense with four steals. Junior Grant Ruster provided three assists to keep the team moving.

Hudsonville 8, Grand Haven 5

Despite putting up 28 shots, the Bucs struggled to get anything going on offense. Mason Fritz led the scoring with two, while sophomore Ethan Ball led the defense with three steals.

Grand Haven 17, Grandville 6

Mason Fritz, Joshua Koornneef and Eli VandenBrand each recorded three steals to lead a strong defensive effort by the Bucs. Ethan Ball and Jon Hoffman each scored three goals to led the Grand Haven offense.

Junior varsity: The Grand Haven junior varsity team finished second at the Zeeland tournament on Saturday. The Bucs defeated Jenison (12-7), East Kentwood (15-3) and Zeeland (10-7). The team’s only loss came in the championship game to Hudsonville (14-5).

Junior Mark Wilgenberg recorded eight goals and added 10 steals over the weekend to lead the Bucs.

GH tennis finishes second at Holland Quad

The Grand Haven boys tennis team finished in second place on Saturday, just one point behind host Holland.

The Buccaneers completed a clean sweep in singles play, winning all four flights without losing a set. Noah Bachmann (No.1 singles), Spencer Sortman (No. 2 singles), Riley Wilton (No. 3 singles) and Nathan Sexton (No. 4 singles) all finished as flight champions.

Cullen Davison and John Richardson (No. 3 doubles) finished in second place, while Dylan Shenefield and Mason Price (No. 1 doubles) and Anish Mandala and Chris Akselberg (No. 2 doubles) both picked up wins in doubles play.

“Even though we ended up in second place as a team, there were many positives,” said Grand Haven coach Chris Wilton. “We actually beat each team head-to-head, which is hard to do and still come in second place. Bachmann beat another talented freshman from Holland and only lost three total games in his three matches. Sortman was able to try some serve and volleys to help him for the future, while rolling through the day. Wilton worked on a new serve motion, which is coming along nicely. Sexton played well coming off a tough week of three setters and being ill, but still played well.

“The doubles teams played the style that we have been working on. This was really the first time they all implemented it into their games. There were a couple matches they could have won if they had played their old way, but they stayed with the game plan to help them in future weeks. I am very encouraged by their attitudes and willingness to work on strategies as they play.”

The Bucs return to conference play on Monday with a big O-K Red Conference match at Grandville.

SL swim team has strong showing at home invite

The Spring Lake girls swim team hosted the Spring Lake Invitational on Saturday, finishing second overall behind Caledonia. The Lakers finishes ahead of Mona Shores (Co-op), Ludington, Manistee, and Fremont.

The 200-yard medley relay team of Meghan Peel, Jen Meulenbelt, Annie Brechting and Sara Mumby took a first-place finish with a time of 1 minute, 53.59 seconds.

Allison Brown added a win in the 500 freestyle race with a time of 5:47. Allison would later add a state qualifying time in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:04.28. She is the third Laker swimmer to qualify for state in an individual event this season.

In the diving competition, Audra Bialik came in first place, while Ronnie Russle finished in second.

Fruitport boys XC wins Sparta Invite, girls finish ninth

The Fruitport boys cross country team won the Sparta Invitational for their second year in a row on Saturday, while the girls team placed ninth.

Senior Aaron Simot finishing second overall to lead the Trojans. Cameron Oleen and Mitch Johnson finished third and fourth overall, respectively. Rounding out the boys top five was Brendan Deneen (11th) and Peyton Sharlow (35th.)

Freshman Faith Clark led the girls team running a new personal record. She was followed by teammates Katana Daniely, Kallie Fehler, Analiza Sanchez and Michele Mueller.

WMC cross country comes up big at Ludington Invite

The Western Michigan Christian boys and girls cross country teams prepared themselves for the Lakes Eight Conference with an appearance in the Ludington Invitational on Saturday.

The boys team took first in its division, edging out Holton by 19 points.

“We really challenged the boys today, with a difficult course compared to what we usually see, and the bonus of having Holton in the race,” said WMC coach Greg Gould. “We will have to compete with them at the Regional meet for a chance to qualify for the state finals.

“We felt it was time to start believing in ourselves and not be so concerned about fast race times, but compete against whoever is in the race. We also wanted to bring the time gap between runners one through five down. The boys delivered on that challenge, winning our division in the team scoring, and getting the one through five gap down to 1 minute, 28 seconds.”

The WMC girls team finished fourth out of nine teams in its division.

“Although we rested Logan Williams today, the Lady Warriors came out ready to race with Sarah Vanderkooi taking first place overall in the girls race, and we put two more in the top 20 with Josie Aardema and Chanaiya Richards,” said WMC coach Kevin Aardema. “We also showed that at full strength, we will be a very solid team in the Lakes 8 conference.

“The team competition was very tight today with just 22 points separating the first four teams in our division. We had another great week in practice and continue to prepare for the bigger meets coming in October with the goal of reaching the state finals. Also on today’s difficult course, freshman Pricilla Esteva came through with her third personal best in a row.”

WMC soccer blanks Whitehall

The Western Michigan Christian boys soccer team used an early barrage of goals to roll past Whitehall on Saturday, 3-0.

Evan Fles scored one goal and added one assist to lead the Warriors (8-2, 3-0 Lakes Eight), while Tommy Tencate and Dylan Mines each added one goal and Adam Van Hoven added two assists.

“This was team win,” said WMC coach David Hulings. “We had some good contributions from everyone. Perhaps the biggest was before the game. Our team captain, Dylan Mines, willingly gave up his starting role for an underclassman to start. Adam Van Hoven took full advantage of the offer and had a beautiful assist on the first goal by Tommy Tencate in the first three minutes of the game.

“We outshot Whitehall 24-5. We were a little uninspired in the second half. But, we continued to attack and kept Whitehall off the board. That was our main goal for the half.”

Fruitport soccer shut out by Grand Rapids Union

The Fruitport boys soccer team fell to Grand Rapids Union on Thursday, 1-0. After a scoreless first half, Grand Rapids Union scored off a rebound just moments into the second half.

Fruitport (5-6, 2-3 O-K Black) had scoring chances at the end of the game, but could not get a shot past the Union keeper.

GH junior varsity volleyball goes 2-2

The Grand Haven junior varsity volleyball team finished 2-2 on Saturday. The Buccaneers defeated Grand Rapids South Christian and Fruitport, but lost to Forest Hills Northern and Lakewood.

Ashley Slater recorded 28 kills to lead the Bucs (12-7-1), while Avery Strohmeyer added 16 kills and six blocks. Emma Martin led the team in assists with 83, while Kelly Olthof added 14 kills and four blocks.

SL JV volleyball finishes 3-2 at home invite

The Spring Lake junior varsity volleyball team hosted their own invitational on Saturday, with the Lakers finishing 3-2 on the day.

In pool play, Spring Lake defeated Kenowa Hills (27-25, 25-20), Jenison (25-18, 25-20), but lost to Hamilton (19-25, 20-25).

In bracket play, Spring Lake defeated Reeths Puffer (25-19, 25-14), but then lost to Zeeland West in the semifinals (15-25, 24-26). The finals, Grandville defeated Zeeland West in three games.

Taylor Colquitt had 30 kills, 12 digs and three blocks to lead the Lakers (12-2, 3-0 O-K Blue), while Abbi Perkins had 25 kills, 11 blocks and nine aces. Madeline Zenas tallied 85 assists for the day along with 10 digs, while Julia Clover had 14 kills and 19 digs. Jillian Gable added 13 kills, 10 digs and five aces, Lauren Cooper led the team in digs with 25 and Sophie Fuller had seven service aces.

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